Brew_Cat (118) - Athens, GREECE - NOV 1, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Athens Craft Beer Expo (Zythognosia) during a tasting workshop. Pours dark amber with big, off-white long lasting head. Medium body, no particles detected. Rich palette, beautiful aromas and notes of caramel, cookies and orange. Definite and distinctive malty character. An excellent barley wine. I consider myself lucky to have tasted it, since finding such kinds of brews is a rare phenomenon where I live. Perfect!
Holmen2 (2733) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog. Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 25.03.13. Slightly unclear, reddish brown. Not much head. Aroma of old port, sherry, nuts and plum compote. Taste pf port, tokayer, some alcohol. Then old port, some oak and prunes. Round mouthfeel. No carbonation. Perfectly balanced.
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours slightly murky caramel color with a sudsy khaki head that fades to a soapy wispy film and lacing. Aroma has sweet sugary fruit burnt caramel malt and woodiness. Taste is slightly bitter with big sweet sugary caramel malt some fruit like figs and prunes. Palate is full sticky warming and finishes dry.
ryanfolty (2354) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 23, 2015 - taster glass sample at Darkness Eve. 2007 bottle shared by me. Glad I finally opened this up. A very well done barley wine.
Linnet (1627) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, bold, extra of everything, boozy, immensely fat malt backbone, sugary, lots of aggressive hops, big bite, bigger sweetness lots of alcohol. Is a bit like a sledgehammer not that sophiaticated, but it gets the job Done!
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle shared by Folty - thanks bro! Dark pour. Carbonation has faded a bit. Rich oaky aroma - killer. Sweet oaky taste with a bit of dry late. Very good.
mR_fr0g (8518) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. 25/08/2015. 2011 bottle with many thanks to Daniel Osprey. Reddy amber coloured pour witha lasting cream frothy head. Aroma is warming alcohol, jammy, dirty earthy raspberry, caramel and toffee malts. Flavour is composed of jammy apricot, caramel,, nice dry finish, marmelade, robust. Palate is sweet and full, airy carbonation. Nice. Lingering shredded wheat with some fruit jam.
TorbenJensen (1444) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Normally I do not expect a big nice foam on barleys, so thats why am I not surprised a short foaming ends with sporadic foam residues. It’s also as much of 12% alcohol in beer is surely very natural. What I do not get in foam I get in return in the aroma. Already during pouring spreads a wonderful aroma of heavy fruit species. There are both plum, raisin and fig in flavor and there are also roasted malt, and much more there is something indefinable.
In the taste, it has a fairly comfortable malt sweetness which comes from the brown sugar. It’s not really a minus, but make sure that the subsequent intrusive alcohol pedal down a little. For that there is a strong barley with much taste of alcohol should not be in doubt. It’s definitely an advantage to save it in a few years. The fruit leaves a good long finish and it is a delicious mellow and a little hop neutral beer, which I sadly enough has opened too early. I will probably return in a few years with a new review.
The_Osprey (5781) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. Bottled April 2011 at 12%. Dark ruby red, clear, lightly sparkling, big foamy tan head, light lacing. Aroma is boiled sweets, caramel, resin, pungent fruits. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is jammy, marmalade with shreds, sweet and sugary, boiled sucky sweets, orange liquer. Nice beer, but very sweet. Maybe should have waited a few more years before opening it.
Scopey (11991) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Dan. It pours clear red -amber with a thick yellow-white head. The nose is rich, oily, sweet, toffee, stewed fruits, fruit cake, candied peel, brandy, honeycomb and such like. The taste is smooth upfront, oily, juicy, marmalade, jammy, boozy boost, toffee, fruit cake, spicy booze, wheatabix, candied peel, hot cross and stewed peach with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily moth-feel. Sweet, but still pretty quaffable. Good one.